Safari society the next revolution

By Lucia van der Post

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Lucia van der Post talks of her time at Il Ngwesi in Laikipia country in Northern Kenya.

Upon reaching Kenya, she realises soon that the days of venturing into lonely lands with a string of porters carrying trunks through rivers, rifle in hand, has passed. A new wave of eco-tourism is hitting the continent. Located in Laikipia, Il Ngwesi lodge is the first completely community run lodge and conservancy in Africa. High-cost, low-impact tourism mean that cash flow gets to the grassroots and the community, which once may have seen wildlife as a nuisance, have become the new generation of conservationists.

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